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Beach Animal Danielle

Added Sep 17, 2011

by peaches2218

Salamanca, Spain






This coral and tan animal print is such a strange fabric. It’s like Lisa Frank went to the beach and watered down all her paints. Danielle is one of my favourite dresses, and I accidentally left my “Leafy Danielle” at my sister-in-law’s when we went to the beach this summer. At least she’s happy—she says it fits her like I’d made it for her! Of course, that meant I needed a replacement. I had originally planned for this version to have a slim short sleeve, but I didn’t have enough fabric. Modifications to the original pattern: a wedge taken out of CF before cutting to narrow the neckline slightly and the straps cut to the smallest size on the edge nearest the face to further reduce that opening, which is just too wide for my narrow shoulders. This is cut at a 38. The 36 is too small, but this size leaves me with more than 1" seam allowance at CB, so I took advantage of it to insert a lapped zipper, since this fabric begged a little more formal detailing.

Material Notes

Cotton sateen, 1€ for the whole piece; a zip rescued from an ugly Ikea cushion cover handed down from my s-i-l, thread leftover from other projects—-Result, a 1€ dress :).

I wouldn’t suggest using something as thick as this fabric for Danielle. It’s pretty for the bodice, but the structure makes the pleats balloon out a bit.




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    Oct 11, 2011, 09.10 AMby freaky-philomeen

    Thanks peaches, I thought about that, too. As soon as I have translated my problem, I will post it, haha ;)))

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    Oct 5, 2011, 09.56 PMby shavlin

    Very savvy, I love your version of the Danielle. I will definitely be making myself one for the summer!

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      Oct 5, 2011, 10.43 PMby peaches2218

      Don’t limit yourself to summer. This is such a versatile pattern. There’s a new version out today (http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/dress-louise) in cotton with mid-length sleeves that looks fab. The fit is flattering on nearly every shape. I’m not done making these, in case you couldn’t tell ;).

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    Sep 19, 2011, 05.32 AMby b4igotfamous

    Cute dress, the pattern/colours and style is great!!

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    Sep 18, 2011, 04.04 PMby freaky-philomeen

    this is a very cute version of Danielle!! I’m still ‘fighting’ with mine…it doesn’t suit me at all. The sleeveless option is also great! Bye

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      Oct 5, 2011, 10.43 PMby peaches2218

      What about the dress doesn’t suit you? Why don’t you post it and see what the community has to offer by way of advice?

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